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Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

December 23, 2008 |  8:55 am

Moca_bailout-- The Museum of Contemporary Art opts for Eli Broad's $30-million bailout offer and appoints Charles Young, former UCLA chancellor, as CEO. A news conference is planned this morning at MOCA.

-- "Speed-the-Plow" box office plunges after Jeremy Piven's departure due to "high levels of mercury."

-- Shakespeare Santa Cruz raises more than the $300,000 needed to stay afloat.

-- Dallas Opera's George Steel balks at general manager offer from New York City Opera.

-- Financial concerns lead the Orange County Museum of Art to postpone Diebenkorn exhibition.

-- Performing arts groups follow the airline model, charging more for "premium seats" with more legroom.

-- Christie's plans reorganization amid sales slump in art market. 

-- PBS to air "Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway" documentary on the 2006 musical tonight at 10 on KCET.

-- Poll finds Andrew Lloyd Webber the most influential figure in theater over the last decade.

-- National Academy Museum in New York struggles to survive.

-- Four groups offer free tickets to patrons of Baltimore Opera, which canceled its season and filed for Chapter 11 protection.

-- Beijing plans a complex of 32 theaters, calling it China's answer to Broadway.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: The Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue location. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times